Immune Boosters: Elderberry, Echinacea, Garlic and Oregano

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by Susan Melgren

Whether by good genes or a childhood of eating food off the floor, I have a fairly strong immune system. I get truly sick only once a year—and it’s usually this time of year. The worst of the cold and flu season might be behind us, but I’m still keeping an eye on my health and doing what I can to boost my immune system in hopes of bypassing—or at least lessening—my yearly cold or flu.

Here’s what’s in my arsenal of immune-boosting herbs and supplements:

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra): Elderberry is the staple of my immune support regime. Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, elderberry has been used for generations to fight off the cold and flu. Native Americans used elderberry to treat colds, fever and even skin and joint problems. I always take it in capsule form, but elderberry also comes in liquid varities.

Echinacea (Echinacea…

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